Happy Tuesday Friends!!
Hope you crushed Monday and are well on your way to an extraordinary week! I have always been a person to have a dream, set the goals and work tirelessly until I achieve it. It is how I was raised, and how I will always be. My Dad has this phrase he says from time-to-time, “a dream not written down is only a wish.” There never was a truer statement! With my Dad’s words in mind, and many, many dreams of my own that I want to bring to fruition, I needed something tangible and visual to remind me daily. What better way to do this than create a vision board! Something simple, inexpensive and easily replicable by any skill level. So, let’s get to building our DIY Vision Board so we can manifest our dreams!
Step 1: Gather the supplies
This project only requires two items to be purchased: 12″x12″ cork board panels from Wall Mart, and (1) 1″x2″ 8 foot common board from the Home Depot. I promise, this is not a trick. Everything else needed is most likely in your garage!
Step 2: Sand the board
The board is most likely pretty rough, so take 10 minutes and using your palm sander, sand down all sides of the boards. It is easier to do this step with the board in its original 8′ length as opposed to four separate pieces. I did not make my sanding perfect because this vision board is for my eyes only and it will not be on display for the world to see, so perfection is not what I am going for.
Step 3: Measure and cut the boards
For more specific detail on how to cut mitered edges, see my DIY Custom Frame post. If you recreated this frame, awesome! You have the tools necessary! Either grab your miter box and saw, or line up the miter saw to the 45 degree cut, and you are set. I wanted my frame to be 12″ wide and 24″ tall; basically two cork boards stacked hot dog style. A word of advice, cut the short side of the mitered board to 11.5″, leaving 1/4″ on each side to glue down the cork to the wood. Cut the long boards to 23.5″.
Step 4: Glue the corners and strap down
First, grab your tow strap and get it ready to put around the frame once the glue is applied. Not sure what I am talking about? This is also referenced in my DIY Custom Frame post. Trust me, its worth checking out if you haven’t. Next, dry fit the miters to ensure they fit snug. Grab the wood glue and apply a good amount to the corners and push together carefully, ensuring there are no gaps. Put the straps around each corner, interlock the hooks, and ratchet down; tight enough for good compression on the corners, but not too tight it will compromise the wood. Wipe away any glue that has oozed out and let dry for several hours.
Step 5: Attach Cork
First thing I did was secure the two pieces of cork together. I took a left over piece of mat board and tapped it to the back of the cork. It reinforces the cork so when it is against the wall there is no gapping between the two pieces. Once secured, lay the cork down and dry fit the frame over top. Line the entire outer edge of cork with wood glue and place your frame on top of it, pressing down onto the cork. I placed heavy books on the frame and let the glue dry for several hours. When completely dry, grab a drill bit, flip the frame to the back, measure a center mark on one edge of your frame and drill a hole, only going half way down. DO NOT drill all the way through. This hole is going to be used for the nail. Thought we could save some money this way.
Step 6: Hang and style
So, I left my boards in the raw pine color. I love the natural look and simplicity. Feel free to paint, stamp, bedazzle, or do whatever your heart desires to fancy up the frame! It’s your dreams and inspo board after all! Using a small framing nail, hammer to the wall and hang the vision board. I added my blog to-do calendar at the bottom to keep me on track and aways planning. At the top, I pinned some blog inspo, personal reminders, and goals I have for elisacarrie.com! Girls, go as crazy as you want here! We are the only ones that limit ourselves so let’s dream as big as we can! And when we think that’t it, push the boundaries and dream bigger!
I hope you loved this simple project as much as I did. It took me (minus drying time) around an hour to make. So easy yet so empowering to be able to get in the garage and create something that is your own! It is my wish that each of you accomplish your dreams and do incredible things to make this world a better place! Love you to pieces and thanks for supporting me!
Bye for now babes,